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SAKS 2011 : Self-Organising, Adaptive, Context-Sensitive Distributed Systems


When Mar 10, 2011 - Mar 11, 2011
Where Kiel, Germany
Submission Deadline Oct 28, 2010
Notification Due Nov 28, 2010
Final Version Due Dec 19, 2010
Categories    self-organization   self-adaptivity   context-sensitivity   distributed systems

Call For Papers



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============== SAKS 2011 Worskhop at KIVS 2011| Call for Papers ===============


SAKS 2011 Workshop at KIVS 2011: Self-Organising, Adaptive, Context-Sensitive Distributed Systems

March 10-11, 2011 - Kiel, Germany

General page:

Deadline for submission of papers: October 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance: November 28, 2010
Final version of paper: December 19, 2010



The increasing distribution and interconnection of applications in a world that is more and more pervaded by information technology leads to significant challenges for the development of these applications. Ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems require increasingly complex systems that cannot be configured manually or controlled statically anymore. This is the point where this workshop starts by addressing new requirements for such systems: dynamic adaptation, autonomy, and self-properties as well as their respective implementations.

In particular, this workshop aims at offering a podium where these research questions will be discussed with respect to current main-stream technologies such as SOA and MDA, and with an additional focus on the development of methods. Questions addressed include: Can we control the phenomena of self-organization and emergence in such systems, or should we suppress them? Can self-organization and emergence be planned in the system design and if so, what methods and tools should we use? Is it possible to extend systems which were initially designed statically and for manual control with the desired properties for autonomous management? What are the methods for such a re-design or re-engineering? How do such methods and architectures fit together?

Case studies and practical suitability of systems with adaptivity, autonomy and self-properties are of particular interest because they are crucial for the success of the research discussed here as well as for its future development. In addition, interdisciplinary openness is an essential key to the success of this workshop. Main-stream techniques, architectures, and methods are brought into contact with new design methods that are, for instance, inspired by Bionics or influenced by Complex Systems Research.

Still, newly introduced technologies raise more questions beyond those of purely technical nature. Can we make real use of adaptivity and self-organization, outside of our labs, in the large scale? Are such concepts ready to use in daily appliances? What are the chances and opportunities of this new kind of information technology? Finally there are many non-technical questions that usually fail to be discussed adequately, mainly concerning societal and legal impact of the application of these systems. Can we safely delegate control away from our immediate influence? How can we achieve a sufficient level of trust? Could there be legal consequences of adaptation?

With this selection of topics we aim at a strictly interdisciplinary course, distinguishing this workshop from many others in this area of research which commonly focus on technical issues. Our objective is to shed light on the multitude of aspects in an adaptive, self-organizing world, pervading our daily lives.


This workshop, as part of KIVS 2011 in Kiel, continues the successful workshop series SAKS that has been focusing on the research areas of self-organization and adaptivity in the years 2006-2010, already twice as a workshop of KIVS conferences. The SAKS workshop aims at strengthening cooperation among the stakeholders and lifting the visibility of research and development activities in the German-speaking countries to international scope. We also welcome representatives from industry, providing valuable feedback from experiences and application, helping to explore common interests.
Depending on the number of accepted contributions, the workshop is planned for one whole day or two half days. The program of the workshop will consist of the presentation of the selected papers, an invited talk, and a panel discussion.

The workshop scope encompasses topics of self-organization and adaptation in information technology systems from technical, application-oriented, economical, societal, and legal points of view.

Technical challenged of self-organizing and adaptive systems

- Construction and evaluation of systems with self-properties
- Biologically inspired approaches for self-organization and adaptation
- Autonomic and Organic Computing
- Software architectures for autonomous and ubiquitous systems
- Self-organization in Service-oriented architectures
- Self-organization in robotics
- Adaptivity in applications and middleware
- Context models and context processing
- Methodologies for developing personalized context-sensitive services
- Integration of users into the development cycle
- Stakeholders in service development and usage
- User-centric design, user interfaces, and usage concepts for adaptive and context-aware systems

Societal and legal implications in an adaptive world

- Trust and reliability in self-organizing systems
- Social-aware design of adaptive and context-aware systems
- Application domain-specific requirements and solutions
- Liability and responsibility

New opportunities by self-organization and adaptation

- Industrial requirements and projects
- Research prototypes and experiences
- New value chains, business, service, and provider models for adaptive and context-aware systems

Submissions are managed by the ConfTool-System; a SAKS-2011-Page ( has been set up. Submissions can be either written on English or German and have to be submitted as a PDF-File. Long papers should have up to 12 pages; short papers up to 6 pages; industry papers, as extended abstracts, can have 1-2 pages.

Please use one of the following templates:
LaTeX-Class as zip :

Please submit your paper - independently from the template - only as a PDF-File.

If your text processing engine does not support the output of PDF-Files, please use one of the PDF-Writers that are available free of charge.

Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee with regard to their content's quality and relevance to the workshop. If we receive a minimum number of submissions, we will publish the selected papers in the Open-Access-Journal Electronic Communications of the EASST.

Deadline for submission of papers: October 31, 2010
Notification of acceptance: November 28, 2010
Final version of paper: December 19, 2010

Organization committee
Winfried Lamersdorf, University of Hamburg
Wolfgang Renz, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Michael Zapf, University of Kassel

Program committee (tentative)
Uwe Baumgarten,Technische Universität München
Markus Bick,ESCP Europe Campus Berlin
Walter Blocher,Universität Kassel
Thilo Böhmann,International Business School of Service Management Hamburg
Volker Boehme-Neßler,Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Georg Borges,Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lars Braubach,Universität Hamburg
Klaus David,Universität Kassel
Kurt Geihs,Universität Kassel
Klaus Herrmann,Universität Stuttgart
Thomas Hoeren,Universität Münster
Reinhold Kröger,Fachhochschule Wiesbaden
Winfried Lamersdorf,Universität Hamburg
Jan-Marco Leimeister,Universität Kassel
Klaus Mößner,Universität Surrey (UK)
Gero Mühl,Universität Rostock
Andreas Polze,Hasso-Plattner-Institut
Wolfgang Renz,Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg
Alexander Roßnagel,Universität Kassel
Gregor Schiele,Universität Mannheim
Matthias Trier,Technische Universität Berlin
Manfred Wojciechowski,Fraunhofer ISST
Michael Zapf,Universität Kassel

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